Mike, my husband, and I love Disneyland. On January 27, 2010 (about a year and a half before my mom passed away) Mike and I enjoyed a visit to The Happiest Place on Earth. This trip was an emotional trip for me. I was missing my mom; the mom I was so close to. I was very determined to find some sort of Alice in Wonderland keepsake. I remember searching all of the stores in Disneyland for this special item that I would bring home to treasure. Little did I know that it wouldn't be an "item" at all.
After a morning of going on rides and searching for the special item, we were walking in Fantasyland. We found ourselves walking right by Alice in Wonderland - the ride. We were standing by the exit when we saw that the line was quite long. We had had a long morning and just didn't know if we were up to waiting to ride it. All of a sudden this beautiful young woman (top picture) approached us from the exit area. She was dressed in her Disneyland uniform. She came right up to us and asked us if we had ridden Alice in Wonderland yet. We told her that we hadn't and that we didn't know if we were going to wait in line right now. She asked us if we would like to ride it right now. We said that we would. She had us follow her through the exit right to the front of the line. I cannot tell you how flabbergasted Mike and I both were. Why did this lovely young lady leave her post to come ask us if we'd ridden the ride? Why did she choose us? To this day we will never know. However, what I do know is that on that special day in Disneyland, I received my special "item" right then and there. It was nothing that I could hang on the wall, put on a shelf or hold in my hand, but it was something that will FOREVER be in my heart.
Three and a half years later Mike and I went back and searched for that young lady. As luck would have it, she still worked there. We found sweet Amber Noel and told her how much that day has meant to both of us. We told her all about Alice's Embrace. Amber is a kindhearted young woman and she will always be special for picking us on that day....as she said to us...."it must've been fate". The bottom picture is with the two of us. Here I am after a long morning at Disneyland and Amber looking the part of a wonderful Disneyland Lead Employee!!